Category: Vancouver history

Spy House

the_title()

I had lunch at the Baron’s Manor Pub recently. It’s a heritage house at the corner of 96th Avenue and 192nd Street in Port Kells, converted to a pub in 2005, and the new owners have given it a museum-like quality by filling it with old photos, newspaper articles and artifacts from one of its early owners, the Baron von Mackensen.

…read more

A brief history of the Woodward’s Department Store Building

the_title()

It’s the 60th anniversary of the Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation, and it’s my guess that unless you’re part of the medical community, you’ve never heard of it. It’s an amazing charitable organization with a mandate to improve the health of British Columbians, and gives away over a million dollars a year to do just that.

…read more

Sensational Victoria

the_title()

Thank God. Sensational Vancouver has arrived just in time for the book launch and it’s absolutely gorgeous!

And, thanks for that go to Derek von Essen for his amazing design and layout and Clint Hutzulak of Rayola Graphic for a stunning cover – back and front, and of course, Anvil Press!

…read more

Deadlines–obits of memorable British Columbians

the_title()

As a journalist it always fascinates me where my colleagues find their passions. For me it’s how people connect with their houses, for Tom Hawthorn it’s their deaths. And, while some of the people featured in Deadlines: obits of memorable British Columbians are well known, most often it’s the ordinary life that’s the quirkiest and most colourful.

…read more

The Mulligan Affair and other BC characters

the_title()

Alvo von Alvensleben not only has a name you couldn’t make up, he’s one of the most fascinating characters in BC’s history. For some mysterious reason he has never rated a biography, but there is a chapter dedicated to him in my book At Home with History. I was just browsing my bookshelf and thinking what an interesting bunch of men and women BC has produced.

…read more

The Vancouver Historical Society

the_title()

Harry Houdini (1874-1926)

A few years ago Bruce McIntyre Watson was checking the Vancouver Historical Society’s info line and found an enquiry from the president of the Lions Club in Diggers Rest, an outer suburb of Melbourne.

He was looking for the plane that Harry Houdini flew in 1910—in what some believe was Australia’s first successful flight, and wondered if it had made its way to Vancouver.

…read more

Pages: 1 14 15 16 17 18 19